Mountain Biking - Stud tires only for front Wheel ?
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Like to try that ? how is it ?
there should be someone ?
01-10-09, 04:44 PM
You will fishtail but have a better chance of not falling on ice if you correct with steering. Two is better.
01-10-09, 08:30 PM
Yep, two is better. Though if you only want/can afford only one, I'd go with it up front.
01-11-09, 06:46 PM
Right on. If you can only afford one, put up front - but really you need two, especially if have anything like hills. I have some Nokians, and so glad I have two of them.
01-11-09, 07:45 PM
Unless you're really good at wheelies. Then put it on the back.
01-12-09, 04:26 AM
There's a rolling resistance issue here, IMO. Studded tires are SLOW. Depending on how much ice is to be encountered, maybe a studded front is enough. But a tough climb on ice would be difficult without rear studs.
Try the front to start, then see how you go.
01-12-09, 06:45 PM
They're slow because they're heavy (well most of them). The rolling resistance on unpaved surfaces isn't noticeable, IMO.
There's a lot more on this in the winter cycling forum.
01-13-09, 09:36 AM
The rolling resistance on unpaved surfaces isn't noticeable, IMO.
I tend to agree. The penalty from studs on paved surfaces are very noticeable. But ride onto some hard-packed snow, or onto some glare ice, and the studs sink right in and their rolling-resistance penalty disappears. It's the same way that lugged tires "get better" when you ride off pavement onto soft dirt. I love riding studs on glare ice. I can really move out, and pedaling is easy.
Getting to the original poster's question, I would not consider running only a single, studded tire. My bones are well-worth the price of two tires, and so are yours :thumb: . Besides, you'll have much more fun if you aren't constantly worried about one tire or the other giving way underneath you.
Get two tires. You'll have so much fun, you won't even remember the cost.
And do visit the winter biking forum, as someone else suggested.
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